What is Venous Disease? Venous disease is a condition that affects the venous system, which includes veins and venules in the body. Data from Circulation AHA Journals indicates that varicose veins affect more than 25 million adults in the United States and more than 6 million with more advanced venous disease. It can be…

Venous insufficiency is a condition that affects your veins and can lead, without appropriate intervention, to serious complications. Venous insufficiency occurs when the veins’ natural valves become insufficient, or leaky, allowing blood to flow backwards towards the feet. Varicose veins have an estimated prevalence between 5% and 30% in the adult population, with a female:…

You can find our first article on leg pain and swelling here. Leg swelling generally occurs because of an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the tissues of the lower extremity. In our practice, the term we use for leg swelling from excessive fluid is peripheral edema. Peripheral edema occurs when fluid builds up in the…

Singing Free From Covid He’s alive because he could sing. I’d like to focus on a very unique and recent patient of mine named Frank, a veteran of the Korean conflict who suffers from end stage renal disease, developed as a consequence of a severe Covid infection that almost ended him last December. Frank has…

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